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Fore Street

4.8
4.8
3061 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American

Located in Portland's Old Port District, Fore Street opened in June, 1996. The interior surrounds a unique brick and soapstone hearth with a wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit; visible from most tables. We believe that good food travels the shortest possible distance between the farm and the table. Our menu changes every day and is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fisherman, foragers and cheese makers. Most of the Maine foods are organically grown or harvested wild, each brought to us at the peak of its season. In 2002 and again in 2007, Fore Street was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of the Top Fifty Restaurants in the United States. In 2004, Chef-Partner Sam Hayward was named Best Chef: Northeast by the James Beard Foundation.



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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Organic, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 775-2717

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Sam Hayward

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Franklin and Pearl

  • Parking details

    Fore Street has free parking from 5pm to 12am in the parking lot behind the building, depending on availability. Street parking is available as well as customer paid parking in 2 parking garages within 1 block.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,061 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Contemporary American

  • Maine

    Best Ambiance

  • Maine

    Innovative

  • Maine

    Hot spot

  • Maine

    Good for special occasions

  • Maine

    Contemporary American

  • Maine

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food and the drinks were great. What an amazing menu with local ingredients.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I’ve been going to Fore Street since they opened. I’ve always loved the restaurant. The ambience is nice. The wine list is great. The servers are wonderful. On this occasion, the appetizer and entrée I ordered were not great. The duck sausage was flavorless, fatty, chewy. Duck is one of my favorite meals to order at this particular restaurant so I was surprised. The chicken dumpling entrée was greasy, oily and fatty. Very little chicken. It was also too hot to eat for 15 minutes. The cornbread was delicious but also very greasy. The dessert was a flourless chocolate cake. It was underwhelming. Similar to something you might get at Friendly’s. Last, the bread they brought out at the beginning was quality bread but cold. The butter tasted old. I was a little embarrassed because I brought a friend who had never dined here. For $200+ and a 2.5 month waitlist to visit, I expected much better. Final note: it’s December. The place was poorly decorated for the holiday. An oversized unattractive wreath hung above our table. I’m sad to see Fore Street go downhill like this.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing. Everything was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Melt in your mouth and the smokey flavor from the wood oven was delightful. I only wish there had been a tad bit more light, could barely see our food.
  4. SM

    StuartM

    New England

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant made more so by Christmas decorations. Nice choice of wines. Food pretty average especially for the price. The hen and dumplings sounded better than it was which was basically like a blandish chicken pot pie. I had the holiday sausage which was good but not fabulous. There are an increasing number of outstanding restaurants in Portland and I think Fore Street needs to up their game.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always.
  6. KM

    KennethM

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Consistently great for the past 20 plus years.
  7. B

    Bigfinch

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place. Interesting menu
  8. JG

    JosephG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and service. Attentive waiters. Highly recommend.
  9. m

    me2fl

    Naples

    68 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Sadly, this is not the Fore Street of the past. Arriving a little early for our reservations, we grabbed a drink in the bar before dinner. We were seated promptly at our reservation time and our order was taken fairly soon after. The mussel appetizer was served quickly with delicious, warm bread for dipping. Mussels were just bland, and sauce was the same. Then we waited…and waited for our dinner. 45 minutes after the appetizer we spoke with the waiter and manager. Our dinners came out, barely warm. Poached halibut was mushy and undercooked. Suckling pig dish was tasty but again, just warm. The side dish of delicato squash was yummy and hot! The manager and waiter were both very apologetic and one meal and mussels were removed from our bill.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fore Street does not disappoint! The menu changes regularly & features in season local ingredients masterfully turned into the most tasty creations! Everything was perfect from the cocktails to the kohlrabi salad, the risotto pasta & duck confit, the Brussels & an amazing chocolate dessert! The staff are friendly & knowledgeable & well it is all just an amazing dining experience!!
  11. SC

    SarahC

    Denver

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food and excellent service, we go back every time we go through Portland!
  12. PB

    PaulB

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Amazing food. Portioned perfectly. Great night!
  13. BK

    BrianK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience all around
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, love the open kitchen view concept, and everything was wonderful - highly recommend!
  15. EF

    EFiala

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had one of the best meals we have ever had. We came to Portland to celebrate our anniversary and made a resi 2 months ahead because I heard amazing things about this place and last time we were in Portland they were booked. Everything I heard was all true. Service was amazing as well! Highly recommend Fore Street! Look forward to coming back.
  16. PH

    PatriciaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience every time we dine at Fore Street , outstanding food quality and preparation .This is my favorite restaurant on the planet absolutely amazing place !!!!
  17. c

    carol

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We have been dining at the restaurant for over 30 years. We booked a special occasion dinner 2 months ahead and requested a specific table. We were told it was unavailable which seems odd. Our table was near a wait station where staff were hovering. The squid appetizer was over cooked and rubbery. Salad was excellent. Whole sea bass was excellent. Guinea hen and dumplings were a disappointment and won’t order again. Crème brûlée was excellent. I appreciated that Calvados was available as a brandy.
  18. f

    floridanativ

    Phoenix

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was great as always. Our service wasn't the best we've had at Fore Street. The food was really slow to come out of the kitchen and our server was not very communicative about what was going on. We ended up waiting about thirty minutes between the first and second courses.
  19. GT

    GTLjr

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Last nights menu simply didn't align with my like and dislikes. I'm not a fan of onion and it seemed as thought the three main's that I would have selected had them associated with it. The service was exceptionally slow. I didn't want a fast service but several tables around us received their meals long before us and we had arrived and ordered long before theirs. Something happened, not sure what.
  20. VM

    VictoriaM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Fore Street! The food is always amazing and we like how seasonal the ingredients are. We’ve always had fantastic service while dining here too. Highly recommend for a special occasion celebration!
  21. LD

    LaurieD

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in awhile. Service and food were both excellent!
  22. T

    Tevere

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nearly perfect restaurant, maintaining quality over more than two decades Absolutely wonderful.
  23. MM

    MargaretM

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our daughter-in-law to dinner as a special treat and it couldn’t have been more fun. The food was terrific, the waiter attentive and entertaining and the ambience warm and inviting. We’ll definitely go again!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious meal, beautiful building, and fabulous atmosphere.
  25. n

    nancyub

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great everything! Loved our server, the food and the ambiance
  26. KW

    KarenW

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Excellent meal and service. There is nothing better than have polite and attentive wait staff. They were wonderful!
  27. JG

    JoseG

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The ambience is awesome and the food is really good. Everything was tasty. My only complaint is that food was not hot enough. They have too many tables and probably that is why we didn’t get our food hot.
  28. DW

    DWAYNEG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing everything! Will be back again very soon.
  29. OE

    OldEric

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The waitstaff was one of the most attentive professional people I have ever experienced. The food was quite good absolutely my wife’s favorite spot.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sublime dining experience- was our second time and will keep us coming back for more. Stunning food, amazing atmosphere and lovely service.
  31. KT

    KristineT

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fore Street is absolutely outstanding. The steak was perfect and the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. Our server was so attentive and knowledgeable for our wine pairings. Simply superb.
  32. CV

    CathyV

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    As always, a fantastic meal and a great time at Fore Street.
  33. EP

    ErichP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fore Street deserves its reputation as one of the best, possibly the best, restaurant in Portland Maine. Every aspect of the evening was impeccable.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food, great atmosphere
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived a bit early for our reservation and were seated right away. Waitress was attentive and food was absolutely amazing and worth every cent!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely food and great atmosphere!
  37. T

    Traveler

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently one of the best meals we have. It's always our 1st choice when we come to the area.
  38. c

    coffeegirl

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience4
    We have been regular patrons of Fore Street for over 20 years and until now it has been one of our favorite Portland restaurants. No longer. Our dinner last night was thoroughly disappointing on many fronts. On a positive note, our party of 4 was seated promptly by a very friendly host, but things went downhill from there. The service was mediocre, at best, and certainly not what we would expect or had experienced previously at Fore Street. Our waiter was fine, but not great. He seemed somewhat disinterested in being there and wasn't friendly or engaging. He did the job, but that was it. Our appetizers got mixed reviews. The beet salad and the fried Brussels sprout salad were flavorful and creative. The mussels (a Fore Street gold standard) were overcooked and bland. Then we waited a ridiculously long time between our appetizers and our dinner, and it wasn't clear why. The cassoulet was underwhelming and the boar short rib part of it was completely inedible as it was entirely gristle and bone. Two of us had the boar pappardelle dish. Unfortunately, about half the pieces of boar in this dish were chewy (the others were tender) and the dish itself was uninspiring. The hangar steak was solid. We should have cut our losses there, but decided instead to get dessert. Things did not improve. The brownie in the espresso brownie dish was overcooked and dry. The pickled apples on the apple cake were overwhelming. The creme brulee had a nice crackly top and decent flavor. The evening featured both disappointing food and service (waiter and wait time for food) - at a cost of $100 per person (including tip and 4 beers). We expected so much more from Fore Street.
  39. DS

    DavidS

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe. Great service. Great food.
  40. EV

    ElizabethV

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional and our waiter , Alec , was the very best. Would definitely go back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Fore Street is rated 4.8 stars by 3061 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Fore Street

288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Franklin and Pearl

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Organic, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Fore Street has free parking from 5pm to 12am in the parking lot behind the building, depending on availability. Street parking is available as well as customer paid parking in 2 parking garages within 1 block.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sam Hayward

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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